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  • China’s Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction
    By on December 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    kkleiner writes “A small handful of doctors in China are using a highly controversial procedure to rid people of drug addiction by destroying a part of patients’ brains. The procedure involves drilling small holes into the skulls of patients and inserting long electrodes that destroy a part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens. This area, often referred to as the “pleasure center” of the brain, is the major nucleus of the brain’s reward circuit. (more…)

  • Scientists ‘Switch Off’ Brain Cell Death In Mice
    By on May 7, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    fishmike sends this excerpt from a Reuters report:
    “Scientists have figured out how to stop brain cell death in mice with brain disease and say their discovery deepens understanding of the mechanisms of human neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. British researchers writing in the journal Nature (abstract) said they had found a major pathway leading to brain cell death in mice with prion disease, the mouse equivalent (more…)

  • Football’s Lasting Injury: Brain Trauma
    By on January 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    As you settle in with your remote for a day of football watching, ponder this: The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee recently outlined growing evidence that repetitive bangs to the head suffered on the field may lead to increased cases of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy among former players.


  • New “Wet Computer” To Mimic Neurons In the Brain
    By on January 10, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    A new type of “wet computer” that mimics the actions of neurons in the brain is slated to be built thanks to a €1.8M EU emerging technologies program. The goal of the project is to explore new computing environments rather than to build a computer that surpasses current performance of conventional computers. “The group’s approach hinges on two critical ideas. First, individual ‘cells’ are surrounded by a wall made up of so-called lipids that (more…)

  • Study uses brain scans to discover how children ‘read’ faces
    By on November 19, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Oxford University scientists are using brain-scanning technology to understand how we learn to recognise and ‘read’ faces as children.


  • Web Surf to Save Your Aging Brain
    By on October 20, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Researchers found that older adults who started browsing the Web experienced improved brain function after only a few days.


  • Nanomedicine Kills Brain Cancer Cells
    By on October 9, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    destinyland writes “Scientists from the University of Chicago and the US Department of Energy have developed the first nanoparticles that seek out and destroy GMB brain cancer cells. Nanoparticles killed up to 80% of the brain cancer cells after just five minutes of exposure to white light, showing the promise of nanomedicine — highly-specific intervention at the molecular scale. Because nanomedicine could repair brain cells or damaged nerve (more…)

  • An Unusual Collection : A Brain Tumor Tissue Bank
    By on July 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Five years ago, as she was walking into Caritas Holy Family Hospital and Medical Center in Methuen, Mass., Patricia Fey saw a priest she knew and cornered him. “I’m like ‘Oh, Father Peter! And I sort of grabbed him by his arm,” she recounts. “I said, ‘What are you doing here? Father Peter! I could use a prayer right now.